Brazil’s Lula and Pelí© Cry and Rio Comes Out to Celebrate the Olympics

    Lula can't stop crying Rio de Janeiro streets and famous beaches were filled with joyous citizens at midday Friday to celebrate the selection of the city to host the 2016 Olympic Games, beating out Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid.

    Brazil will thus become the first South American country to host the Olympics, after the city of Rio de Janeiro was chosen to stage the Games.

    Rio won a majority of the 95 votes at the meeting in Copenhagen, eliminating Madrid in the final round. Tokyo and Chicago had been knocked out earlier.

    Earlier, Brazil's president Lula da Silva told IOC members "it was time to light the Olympic flame in a tropical country". After the announcement,

    Lula, soccer legend Pelé and apparently every Brazilian in Copenhagen could not contain the tears of joy. The Brazilian president would not stop crying during a press conference while Carlos Arthur Nuzmann, president of the COB (Brazilian Olympic Committee) was talking.

    He explained to the journalists touched by his compulsive crying: "I cried now because I didn't have the courage to cry during he presentation when the result was announced."

    Chicago's early exit was a surprise, with bookmakers making them favorites, since First Lady Michelle Obama sponsored in a passionate speech appealing to her family, the presentation of windy city.

    Rio's presentation to the International Olympic Committee delivered a passionate appeal for South America to be awarded the Games.

    President Lula told the meeting: "Rio is ready. Give us this chance and you will not regret it."

    "Rio will deliver unforgettable Games. You will see for yourselves the passion, the energy and the creativity of the Brazilian people."

    Lula said 2016 was an opportunity for the IOC to show that the Games belonged to people of all continents.

    "I truly believe this is Brazil's time. For the others, it would be just another Games," he added.

    "It will not be just Brazil's Games but South America's. It will serve to inspire the 180 million young people on the continent. It is time to redress the balance".

    In anticipation of a favorable outcome Lula had decreed a half day holiday.

    Madrid's surprising success in reaching the final round came after former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch made an emotional appeal for votes.

    "I know that I am very near the end of my time. I am, as you know 89 years old. May I ask you to consider granting my country the honor and also the duty to organize the games in 2016," he said.

    At Spain's presentation King Juan Carlos spoke of the Olympic tradition of the royal family and President Jose Luis Rodrí­guez Zapatero underlined that Spain has one of the most updated and toughest legislation in sports doping.

    Spaniards who were preparing to celebrate, had to cancel all festivities.

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    • WhoDunIt

      dnbaiacu
      .[quote]This is going to be interesting to watch that is for sure. Brazil is about to be “gang raped”. That’s what’s really going on.[/quote]
      LolLolLol, 😉 😉 😀 I’m having trouble not laughing. With the recent discovery of “Oil”, I watch the vultures line up…actually, I’d noticed before that as the rest of the world was going down…the vultures were already circling Brazil, who for some reason was not as vulnerable. We’ll leave the debate as to why that was for a later time. Suffice it to say that whatever qualities, or restraints were keeping Brazil’s ego in check, and their economy in the black, the turning of the tide has brought out the FOOL in them. They are completly enamoured of “capitalism” and all it’s shinyness while completely oblivious of the teeth it posesses. They are so busy stroking themselves for their great attractiveness to the wolf, they don’t realize they are next in line to be eaten. Like a shy girl, who thus far has not had a boyfriend, she grows some breasts and suddenly they all want to be next to her. Her all along thinking they want a long term relationship, when they just want the goods, and get out. 😉 😀
      I don’t think I’ve read “THE BOOK”, but I’m a thinker… Eu nÀƒ£o posso parar… I have wondered as the U.S. has lost all of it’s marketability, as companies one by one release thousands of workers, where have they gone. 😉 Brazil!!! To rape rob and pillage a new and unsuspecting populous only to move on like a bored Carioca, when life in Italy or U.S. was not all it was made out to be.I see everyone form BoA to the IMF ready to drop millions on Brazil, while Brazil doens’t see the chains attached. I see the sudden influx of large corporations looking for a new market, and cheap labor. But GM has already found out that cheap labor is only cheap until the masses begin to pull themselves out of their poverty. Then they want what the rest of the world has. oops, I believe I’ve seen this movie, this is where I came in…..It’s unfortunate that the powers that be are blinded by their own egos and greed to see that they are getting ready to join the BIG7 in a BIG way. LOL 😉 LOL 😀 I can’t go on……

    • WhoDunIt

      Boo Hoo?
      TooBad4Argentina,
      I read your post and with interest clicked on your name, which brought me to the website of the kidnapped boy. I am aghast at the report of the events that keep the boy Sean Goldman from his father in New Jersey, but I am equally dismayed at the amount of other children from the U.S. that are victims also of a parental abduction. I should think that if Brazil fancies it’self one of the emerging powers, it had better learn that children’s rights and situations concerning child abuse are taken seriously by “civilized” countries. Maybe due to the “disposable kids” that Brazil has living in it’s favellas, it has a low opinion of “other people’s children”, but I thought I heard that Brazil honors family more than anything else. How can they, when they are party to destroying families of the children, brought to their country by selfish parents who are concerned with only what “they” want? There are selfish people all over the world, but there are measures in place to try and prevent a child from having to suffer at the hands of his own parent.
      After googling this situation, I have found so many other stories that would make you sick. For instance, the story of Sophie Zanger 4 years old. She is dead now becuse the Treaty wa not honored in Brazil.
      Sean continues to live without a mother or father, while a politically connected lawyer in Rio, keeps a son from his father. I have always wanted to go to Brazil. I have seen the pictures of Carnaval, and have friends from Trinidad who say it spreads all over South America, so I’ve had a desire to go. I’m not sure I would recommend Brazil, simply because they appear not to value human life. Too Bad 4 Brazil, I would say.

    • Rodrigo

      Lula lies and Brazilian are crying everyday !
      I’m Brazilian. Although most Brazilian citizens are joyous becouse we will be the first South American country to host the Olympic, in Rio de Janeiro 2016, I’m deeply sad abou it. The true is Brazil will take public budget to make this games happen. I will pay! Brazil is a poor country, although Lula has lied we are ready. We need security, edication, health… We don’t need brad and circus. We need more than Olympic and World Soccer Champion. … [b]I’m deeply sad.[/b]

    • TooBad4Argentina

      Sickening…..Lula Cried…..Boo hoo…..Does he care that Sean Goldman CRIED for his father (his REAL father) David to SAVE HIM and TAKE him back to New Jersey? NO. does he care that David cries every day for the years he is missing in his son’s life? NO.
      If Lula Cared, he would make sure that SEAN was on a plane to his father. Insetead Sean is held captive and lingers with someone he is not related to,someone who is great family friends with Lula, and someone that is known to have broken the law in order to keep the child…….
      I’m disgusted……….Lula Should Cry!!!!

    • John Galloway

      BOSS
      He is crying because he knows all the money and promises and lies that he has made…to the French and the Russians

    • Double-Dot

      [quote]Wrong you gringo their children and grandchildren have already become millionaires, remember??[/quote]

      I forgot, Milady ,and thank you for reminding me. 😀

    • Maria

      Wrong you gringo their children and grandchildren have already become millionaires, remember??

    • Double-Dot

      [quote]I suppose Luli and PelezÀƒ£o cried because their grand grand grand children will become at least millionaires in 7 years[/quote]

      Wrong, DÀ‚ª.Maria. Their children and grandchildren, millionaires and “grand grand grand children” Billonaires” and memebers of the ruling dynasty. 😉 😀

    • Maria

      I suppose Luli and PelezÀƒ£o cried because their grand grand grand children will become at least millionaires in 7 years. Ingnorantis of Brazil unite for the Olympics!

    • Pancho

      I wonder if the Olympics will benefit the folks in the favellas or just the already RICH. I also agree with Rodrigo. Well one thing for sure, the cops will have a lot people to shake down,

    • carlos wutke barwick

      By the way the most important celebrity to the world is not an American President nor Oprah,but Pele’ !!! Oprah was left alone when Pele’ showed up…Obrigado Lula,Pele’ e ao povo Brasileiro.

    • carlos wutke barwick

      Cool that Brazil won !!! Olympics is sports not politics Mr.TooBad4Argentina,besides,what have President Obama done to end the war our Great Nation got into it?Nothing so far…how about Bush? Thousands of innocent people died in Afganistan and Iraq and what have we done?How about Israel invading Palestine with tanks and Palestinians don’t even have tanks,just rocks and guns…so please just because you don’t have a answer,shut up!

    • João da Silva

      dnbaiacÀƒº
      [quote]Good day to you![/quote]

      Thanks Dnb and to you too. Always great to hear from you and I presume you are in the U.S. and not at your “maternal home” of BA. Your comments are very interesting and my question addressed to you was really to compare your line of thoughts with what some of my friends and relatives are saying. Unfortunately or fortunately, they share your premonitions!!

      I have been following this “episode” since last year and I knew that it was going to be Rio. In case you didn’t read my several previous comments, I was against hosting the Olympics in Brasil just 2 years after the World Cup in 2014. At least in 2014, several other cities in Brasil would get the opportunity to develop economically.Fortunately our city was not chosen and it doesn’t bother me the least. I had also commented that if we really wanted to bid for the Olympics with the objective of bringing in [i][b]economical benefits[/b][/i], our “rulers” should aim for a city in the [b][i]interior[/i][/b] of the country. Such as Goiania, Campo Grande, Palmas or even Brasilia. In case you don’t know our history, the reason to build Brasilia from nowhere was to develop the interior of the country. We could have used this opportunity to economically develop a middle sized city in the interior of Brasil thus changing the mentality of the Brasilians to live on the “Coast”. But..But…..

      Why Rio, which is already overcrowded , the infrastructure falling into pieces, its high crime rate , etc; ? You are correct and so are Vinny, Dr.Cata,Forrest , Rodrigo and others. We have 7 more years to “eat the pop corn and watch the drama unfolding”. 😉

      As for your following comment:

      [quote]Nothing against Brazil or Brazilians. [/quote]

      How could you be, when you are a “half” Brasilian. 😀

      Cheers, lad. Take care.

    • dnbaiacu

      Joao
      Good day to you! 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Without getting Biblical whatsoever . Look ! SEVEN YEARS?!!! There is WAY too much going too fast to even think about olympics in Brazil. This is just a temporary hype and job creator. There is going to have to be a full economic recovery for the games to take place. And truth be told the crises is just beginning. Unemployment in the U.S is almost at 10% and going higher. Something drastic is going to happen within 2 -3 years that will change everything.
      Plus,,, Brazil at this point is too corrupt businesswise to be realistically dealt with. Unless the business climate there changes I can only see one debacle after another. They are too quidk to “exploit” as opposed to doing straight up business there. At ALL levels. I just see the country being so focused on this and not understanding what is going on in the rest of the world. I gather that from talking to friends, and family from there. Clueless opinions and hopes. Hell , you can even see it on this site. Some actually think Brazil is becoming some sort of “world power” LOLOLOL>
      This is going to be interesting to watch that is for sure. Brazil is about to be “gang raped”. That’s what’s really going on.
      The win was SOOOO predictable.
      Nothing against Brazil or Brazilians. But this is simply to pull South America more into the game on a pyschological level. A huge afront on “TERRORISM” is looming on the horizon.
      btw Joao you cannot BEGIN to understand politics WITHOUT the “book”.

    • João da Silva

      Llyod Cata
      [quote]In this venue, as when I am in Brazil, I have always felt welcome. That my friends is one of the secrets of Brazilian culture that keeps people coming back. Of course the climate, the food, the joie de vive, and the beauties are just as welcoming as the view.[/quote]

      I am sure even ASP wouldn’t dispute you on this issue. 😀

      [quote]So JoÀƒ£o finds another native New Yorker to feed his appetite for linguistic jousting and general merriment in the forum.[/quote]

      The New Yorkers I know are as scholarly and friendly as your good self and our good comrade Vinny and we interact with them with camaraderie , as long they don’t look down upon the Mid Westerners, South Westerners, Canucks, Brasilians, etc;

      [quote]New York does have its share, but trying to bribe a policeman or official in New York will most likely get you in trouble [/quote]

      Statement of the week, Dr.Cata. Unless people like me and VinnyÀ‚´s father-in-law refuse to give such “jeitinho”, we are not of any help to future generations of this great country. BTW, the situation in our state about “bribing a policeman” is not that bad as in Rio. Thank God, we are not participating in the World Cup 2014 or the OlimpiÀƒ¡das of 2016.

      But..But…. the rest of your comments and that of Vinny and Dnb make lots of sense. Hope you will continue to stay with us , contributing to this blog with your words of wisdom.

      BTW, I wonder if Vinny has read the books recommended by you. 😉 😀

    • João da Silva

      dnbaiacÀƒº
      Long time no hear, dnb and I must confess that we are glad to know that you are still alive, kicking and cheerful good self.

      [quote]My guess is Brazil will never see the games. There’s way too much else going on in the world. This is just HYPE. The “powers the be” know this. DO YOU?[/quote]

      Why do you think so? Would be interesting to hear your views, provided you don’t quote “The Book”. 😉

      BTW, did you know that Nostradamus was really a Swiss?

      Cheers 😉 😀

    • dnbaiacu

      Lula So Overboard With His Feminine Side
      Whilst the reason Brazil will continue to get screwed overall. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say he is a great actor.
      It was all rigged for Brazil to win in the first place. He knows ,(or should) and Obama knew it and his administration went through GREAT and EXPENSIVE lengths to be “politically placant to constituents” KNOWING CHICAGO DIDN”T STAND A CHANCE.
      People do not understand global politics. They were so ignorant standing there in Chicago DUMBFOUNED 😀 🙁 This is what is embarrassing.
      Brazil, or the southern hemisphere , needs to be sucked into the “global frenzy” as best and fast as possible. HOPE has to be generated to get more IDOLIZERS of a GLOBAL GOVERNMENT under the auspices of the UNITED NATIONS. Of course jobs will be created . Along with the “cleansing” of Rio (God only knows how that is going to come about)
      In the meantime , the exploitation of the populace at large will continue.
      Where was the CHEAPEST to hold the olympics of the 4 candidates? 😮 ???? DUH?
      Plus the “asians” just had it in China.. (don’t think the “board doesn’t consider that) So Japan and its “yen” was out of the question.
      The U.S? NEVER. The morale there is INTENDED to be broken. Thus it being eliminated in the FIRST round after a full Obama sponsored pitch!
      Spain just had something in Barcelona. And with demographics and “security” issues , not a likely choice. It’s “EUROPE” they aren’t “playing “games” these days. That’s home of the New World Order think tanks
      No one else stood a chance for economic of demographic reasons.
      It is simply the “southern hemispheres turn. And the cheapest place to have it. A pure extention of the Carvival mindset.
      My guess is Brazil will never see the games. There’s way too much else going on in the world. This is just HYPE. The “powers the be” know this. DO YOU?
      2016????? Give us a break!!!! 😉
      So tired of the ignorance and the shows!!! 🙁

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      VinnyCarioca
      the tax is there because there are to many illeagles living off your back in that state say thank you nancy , barbra, dian .

      JOAO let the taxing begin , build the walls to protect brasilians from the shame of the favals , stop the poor begers on the streets , start the law suits over land , water rights , eletricity , trash hauling , start traning your military to control the streets , WITH OUT PUTING THERE HANDS OUT FOR A GUIFT!!!!,
      start lanugage clasess for the taxi drivers , ( as of right now only your prostuitus know different languages well .)
      and what to do about them minor sex slaves selling it on the streets where all can see and upt it on the internet .

      so the fatcs will all come to light . no money , no place to build , no airport , no busses , no hotel room ,no food ,no water ,no energy ,

      what you will have is more crime on guset to the O games , with no help from brasil police , more rapes , murders , asults , drugs .just the hole gambit of fun in rio stuff.

      and the bribes that will be paid by all so much soft money .

      cry lula for all the people you will displace to build your games , the children that will loose school because of you , food prices so much your own people will have to steel it to survive . the milions of tone of trash left over ,

      and how many nacked women in a samba line will you have danc in frount of the people to take there minds off the smell , and heat of rio in summer time .as thies are sport fans not sex tour fans

    • Lloyd Cata

      Always Feel Welcome
      [b]JoÀƒ£o da Silva[/b]
      In this venue, as when I am in Brazil, I have always felt welcome. That my friends is one of the secrets of Brazilian culture that keeps people coming back. Of course the climate, the food, the joie de vive, and the beauties are just as welcoming as the view. 😀

      [b]Rodrigo
      — Lula lies and Brazilian are crying everyday ! —[/b]
      Yes sir, many tears are shed whenever the Olympics comes to a city. It is a glorious event, but there is no question that Brazil and Rio know how to throw a world-class party. However, the billions of dollars to host such an event is mostly public money and if the people of Rio use this event to change their city in a progressive way for their human condition then the 2016 Olympiad could be a success. If not, no amount of Olympic gold or prestige will wipe away the shame and indignity of such an expensive venture staged over the needs of so many crying for basic human needs. A tale of two cities indeed!

      [b]VinnyCarioca
      — My hope is that this will be the success of all successes but my natural N.Y.C. instilled paranoia concerns me regarding crime, terrorism, out of hand protests, economic backdrop, and whatever else I can conjure up in the years leading up to the games. —[/b]

      So JoÀƒ£o finds another native New Yorker to feed his appetite for linguistic jousting and general merriment in the forum. 😉 😀 😉 Yes sir, that NYC paranoia and caution is a trademark that keeps New Yorkers just a step ahead in the game of life. Ahhhh, and the shameless arrogance of intellectual honesty is probably what your dad misses most. The daily life of corruption in Rio versus New York is not to be believed. New York does have its share, but trying to bribe a policeman or official in New York will most likely get you in trouble whereas corruption is the real oil tanning the body politic in Rio. I would say it is a cultural thing, but corruption has no culture. In any language or culture, corruption is the disease that diminishes the beauty of any city or venue. If anything could defeat Rio’s success in 2016 it is showing the world how badly corruption has infected the body of Brazilian culture. WELCOME!

    • VinnyCarioca

      A Momentous and Defining Moment…
      [quote]and now the “challenge of the Favelados” comes to Rio[/quote]
      I grew up in N.Y. , where every winter I would see the giant machinery plow the snow and slush to the side of the road with precision and ease. From what I’m hearing from family and friends in Brasil at this point, the machinery will be well lubed and ready to go. Relocations? Cost overruns? HMMM…

      [quote]Must be a great guy.[/quote]
      Certo.

    • João da Silva

      VinnyCarioca
      [quote]You’re very perceptive Joao…my father-in-law is truly one of the “white hats” and always seems to be the smartest guy in the room. I suspect you have much in common with him.[/quote]

      He must belong to the 15% of the Brasilians that are indignant and are not gullible to believe whatever the “Rulers” say. Must be a great guy.

      [quote]Arnold is a disaster! I voted for him during the gubernatorial recall of 2003 but not the last election. The underlying problem here in CA. is the state senate and assembly. I don’t know if you recall many many months back when I stated that they would feel very comfortable in Havana and I knew “Governor Arnold” wasn’t in a position to hold back the spending orgy tsunami.
      Nancy Pelosi isn’t worth acknowledging. PERIOD! [/quote]

      I have some very good friends in CA and they never went overboard on Arnie nor Nancy!! They proved to be right. 😀

    • João da Silva

      Llyod Cata
      Hello Dr.Cata,

      Welcome back . Thought you had forgotten lowly “mortals” like me. I bet you were eavesdropping on the interaction between Vinny and myself and came right in time to express your opinion and I do appreciate your intervention.

      [quote]A Momentous and Defining Moment…[/quote]

      A great title for your comments. Makes sense (as usual, you are talking in riddles and puzzles, though. :D).

      But….But…. wouldn’t you agree that VinnyÀ‚´s Dad-in-law makes sense like we do?

    • VinnyCarioca

      Joao
      [quote]Vinny, my dear fellow, your father-in-law seems to be a good “mortal” like my excellent self. Well informed and must be a smart man.[/quote]
      You’re very perceptive Joao…my father-in-law is truly one of the “white hats” and always seems to be the smartest guy in the room. I suspect you have much in common with him.

      [quote]As for your “rant” about taxes in CA, I didn’t ask you to elect Arnie as the Governor nor Nancy as your senator.[/quote]
      Arnold is a disaster! I voted for him during the gubernatorial recall of 2003 but not the last election. The underlying problem here in CA. is the state senate and assembly. I don’t know if you recall many many months back when I stated that they would feel very comfortable in Havana and I knew “Governor Arnold” wasn’t in a position to hold back the spending orgy tsunami.
      Nancy Pelosi isn’t worth acknowledging. PERIOD!

    • Lloyd Cata

      A Momentous and Defining Moment…
      Congratulations, well deserved….and now the “challenge of the Favelados” comes to Rio. The issue of absolute poverty of some of Rios residents and how the state and federal government handle the issues associated with relocating many thousands of people who will be displaced; for Olympiad and security considerations. It is possible and practical that a equitable solution be announced as early as possible to diminish what could become an internal refugee crisis in Rio State.
      For those who are willing to entertain the possibility; a “HABITAT FOR HUMANITY” type model would employ displaced persons as they construct the Olympiad and their own homes with the same materials which reduces costs and diffuses what could be a difficult situation in the “happiest place on Earth”! Just a thought….

    • João da Silva

      VinnyCarioca
      [quote]By the way, my father-in-law briefly mentioned to me of a new tax being imposed on you “mortals” during one of his “life in Brazil is impossible” ranting sessions. I wasn’t in the mood to discuss it with him at the time…..are you aware of anything like that?[/quote]

      Vinny, my dear fellow, your father-in-law seems to be a good “mortal” like my excellent self. Well informed and must be a smart man. He must be talking about CSS that replaces CPMF and our “Headman” is pushing for it and I am sure he would succeed. You better ask your good Father-in-law (who is [i][b]not [/b][/i]ranting, but expressing his [i][b]opinion[/b][/i]) what CSS and CPMF mean.

      As for your “rant” about taxes in CA, I didn’t ask you to elect Arnie as the Governor nor Nancy as your senator. 😀 😉

      BTW, we hope to kick [i][b]our[/b][/i] version of Nancy from our state next year. She was always intolerable and irrational and is becoming more so. 😉

    • VinnyCarioca

      Joao
      [quote]Vinny, my dear fellow, diplomacy is not your strong point![/quote]
      Joao, my dear fellow, my wife reminds me of this daily! Of course I fervently disagree. 😉 😀

      [quote]”Special Temporary Olympics Tax “[/quote]
      If mortals like you pay “special temporary taxes” that are actually temporary….consider yourself lucky. We, Californians, are still paying a “special temporary” 1/4% increase in state taxes that was imposed after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Of course, our state taxes have recently been “jacked” up again because of our budget disaster….but, I’ll wager you a caipirinha that we”ll never see those increases rescinded when, or if, Sacramento can finally balance a budget.
      By the way, my father-in-law briefly mentioned to me of a new tax being imposed on you “mortals” during one of his “life in Brazil is impossible” ranting sessions. I wasn’t in the mood to discuss it with him at the time…..are you aware of anything like that?

    • João da Silva

      VinnyCarioca
      [quote]Congatulations and pause[/quote]

      Vinny, my dear fellow, diplomacy is not your strong point! Thanks for your comments, though. But….But…., I sincerely hope that our “Rulers” do not come out with a “Special Temporary Olympics Tax ” for the mortals like me. 😥

    • VinnyCarioca

      Congatulations and pause
      Exponential congratulations for being awarded this tremendous privilege!
      Like the Pan Am games, I will be enjoying the Olympics from a distance in Ilha Grande. The traffic in Rio is mind numbing on normal days…hopefully, like here in L.A. in 1984, Cariocas and their guests will get lucky and not endure the anticipated problems on a major level. Brazilians have to give extra thanks to my president, Obama , for regaling the IOC with his hubris and so-called charm. Won’t be long before the racism canard is hurled. Seems like anything he gets his hands on is turning into you know what.
      My hope is that this will be the success of all successes but my natural N.Y.C. instilled paranoia concerns me regarding crime, terrorism, out of hand protests, economic backdrop, and whatever else I can conjure up in the years leading up to the games.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]He will say as he said at the time of his first re-election : HE WAS FORCED !
      So were Chavez, Castro, Khadaffi, King of Saudi Arabia, Syrian President, Tunisian President….. just to name a few ! [/quote]

      Nostradamus must have spent some quality time in Switzerland in his youth or he was really a Swiss contrary to what the French claim about his citizenship. 😉 😀 😉

    • ch.c.

      Sickening…..Lula Cried…..Boo hoo…..Does he care that Sean Goldman CRIED
      And had he once a tear for the 60 millions under nourrished brazilians ?
      Noooooo…he prefers exporting the foods !
      90 % of the BNDES agricultural subsidies go to the commercial exporting farmers generating little employment, and only 10 % of the subsidies go the 5,5 millions family farmers. VERY VERY SAD AND VERY VERY MUCH UNJUST !

      Congrats to Rofrigo’s comments !

      Better yet :
      – the apparent 50 billion US$ that will be invested are obviously just PUMPED numbers. The bigger the apparent amount….the bigger the appearance of course !
      – On a best case basis, even if it is $ 50 billion, that equals to less than 10 billion per year for a country with a population of 200 millions. Or 50 US$ yearly investment per capita ! WHOAAAAA what a big amount ! Whoaaaaaa what a big change !
      Whoaaaaaaa….Robbing Hook….hooked you once more ! And Brazilians love it !

      I am not saying the news is negative, but certainly by far not as BIG as so many brazilians believe !

      And as Rodrigo said, more schools, better education for everyone, more hospitals and better healthcare for everyone, more infrastructure investments spreaded in the whole country instead of more infrastructure in limited areas would have been far more better for the whole brazilian society, and more beneficial longer term than a major sports games !

      Anyway, sincere congrats that you won. Better than nothing !

      In Robbing Hook brazilians CREU !!!!!!!!!
      Politicians too ! Just imagine how much they will fill their own pockets….not yours !

      Eventually he may change his promise not to seek a third presidential term, and why not even a fourth because in 2016 it would be during his fourth term !
      He will say as he said at the time of his first re-election : HE WAS FORCED !
      So were Chavez, Castro, Khadaffi, King of Saudi Arabia, Syrian President, Tunisian President….. just to name a few !

    • João da Silva

      [quote]super congradulation to rio……[/quote]

      I join you wholeheartedly in congratulating the Cariocas for having worked tirelessly to bring the games to that city. My congrats to our President (though he is not a Carioca), Paulo Cohelo, PelÀƒ©, H.Mereilles, Cabral, etc; . Did I miss congratulating anyone?

      Cheers

    • asp

      super congradulation to rio……
      i love rio, im happy they won

      i was born and raised in chicago, but, i left too much blood sweat and tears and a failed first mairadge there…i was glad to leave and if i dont see it again i wont be sad…

      but ill be in rio sometime in the next 2 months i hope and i hope in 2016, but, not at the olymics

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